Why the Descendants of Confederate Generals Are Happy to See Their Names Go As the Senate prepares to debate renaming military bases, we called living family members of the generals. Here’s what they said. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/07/01/rename-confederate-generals-military-bases-341278?cid=apn
Top military officer labels Confederacy as treasonous as Pentagon takes ‘hard look’ at rebel ties https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/07/09/milley-confederate-bases-trump/
We must, once again, reckon with two dark historical truths.
The first is the central paradox in U.S. history: The nation’s democracy was founded as a slave society.
The second is that after cutting political ties with Great Britain, Americans doubled down on the British Empire’s project of colonial domination. The American Revolution inspired freedom movements in other parts the world. But it also contributed to the worldwide spread of white supremacy.
Groups that did not have the same political and economic rights -disadvantages pass down as wealth (Women, people of color, couldn’t open a bank account)
Europe in 1989, America in 2020, and the Death of the Lost Cause – We should not celebrate too much as monuments topple and old slave-auction blocks are removed. History did not end when the Soviet Union dissolved, and it will not end now, even if a vibrant movement sweeps a new age of civil rights into America. Most of all, we must remember what the Lost Cause is and was before we try to call it past. As so many now understand—whether they have read William Faulkner or Toni Morrison or the thousands of scholars who have reshaped American history in the past three generations—slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and segregation are never purely historical. They still haunt the air we breathe, or cannot breathe. They are what W. E. B. Du Bois once called, in 1901, our “present-past.” They are a history never to be erased, even if and when the bronze Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee can be carried out of the U.S. Capitol and left at the Smithsonian Castle, for a decision on their final resting place. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/europe-in-1989-america-in-2020-and-the-death-of-the-lost-cause
Civil rights activist on confederate statue removals